Thursday, 10 December 2009
Currently the team are making preparations by fundraising and raising the profile of their trip throughout the school, the local community and further afield. Staff, parents and family members are being called on, along with local businesses and funders to support this hard working team in their efforts to raise the required funds for their fares as well as enough funding to support a small project whilst they are in Uganda.
Keep up to date with the events surrounding this trip by looking back at this blog where updates will be posted as they happen.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
"....We visited the slums afterwards and were lucky enough to be invited into a couple of the houses - it was quite shocking. the houses are very small, smaller than our bathrooms, and there are 5 - 7 people living in each of them. The side streets are crowded and there are animals everywhere. Sewage flowed freely down the dirt paths and it was a very smelly pace. The kids were all desperate to touch us and hold our hands, a lot of us cried when we had to leave. Its such a shock to the system seeing people live like that in real life rather that on television adverts, seeing it first hand is an experience that will always be with us. Perhaps in the future when we’re all older we’ll go back and try to help these people. Until then they will be in our thoughts and in our hearts. x...."
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Friday, 17 October 2008
The source of the Nile, here the waters of Lake Victoria start their epic journey north to Egypt where they meet the ocean.
The equator was a real educational experience, watching how water behaves to the north and south of the line and right on top of it as well as knowing that due to centrifugal force a person who stands on the equator is 3% lighter.
Bethany Village near Kyaggwe meant more painting, but the team did not get all of the paint on the walls of the orphanage house.
A photo call to use an African hoe, here is the site for Bethany's new football and sports ground after it was cleared by a bulldozer the team tried their had at levelling the soil.
Namutamba is a very rural village, the team spent two days there being entertained by the kids and viewing their site where they hope to build a new school and agricultural project amongst other things.
Murchison Falls game park rounded off the visit to Uganda. This is a particularly good tourist attraction with lots of animals to see.
The Murchison Falls is able to be viewed from the bottom of the falls area after a 90 minute boat ride where the team were able to see all sorts of animals and birds.
The top of the falls is spectacular as the water rushes down the huge chasm causing an incredible noise and spray as it plunges down to the river below.
Saturday, 4 October 2008
The team carried with them a wide range of supplies for schools, medical facilities and lots of clothes and toys for children. Here the headmaster of Maranatha School recieves three microscopes donated by Menzieshill High School along with a consignment of useful school materials and equipment.
There is always time to meet some new friends, here a team member has some fun with one of the local kids who were all very interested in the Mzungu team.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
It is quite a load but it is squeezed into Charles' car and transported to feed the children.
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Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Charles & Val Carr and their boys, who left Aberdeen in July 2008, are now firmly ensconced in Burundi, they have now found their own house to rent and have begun the work of putting down the foundations for the Hope Centre in Mutimbuzi, Gatumba by Bujumbura. As you will see from the picture below, the block presses have arrived and the work of making blocks has begun.
Shuttering is constructed to form the tanks for the latrines.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
A team from Menzieshill High School in Dundee are undergoing some training before setting of for Gabba in Uganda during the first three weeks of October 2008. The training deals with issues of culture, health and safety and practical issues to do with the work to be carried out whilst in country.
Pupils and staff are meeting together on Wednesday evenings for two hours on the run up to the trip in order that the full training schedule can be completed before departure.
Busy itinerary ahead:
The team will visit a number of centres including some tourist destinations during their time in Uganda. From their base in Gaba they will spend a few days in Kyaggwe (Bethany Children's Village) where they will interact with the orphaned children as well as get involved in the project doing tasks like painting and cleaning etc.
The tourist part of the trip will entail visits to the equator, near Masaka, the source of the Nile at Jinja and the Murchison Falls Game Park. It is hoped that the team will also have the opportunity to visit Namogongo where Christian martyrs were killed as the Roman Catholic Church first spread the Gospel in Uganda. The Kings' traditional palace home in Kampala is also a well known tourist destination. The Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) are too far for the team to travel on their trip on this occasion.